Greyhald Spold (died Sektober, 1964) an Eighth-Level Wizard and Head of the Ancient and Truly Original Sages of the Unbroken Circle. During his life, he was a friend of Riktor and Windle Poons. He may have invented Spold's Unstirring Divisor.
Spold was present at the Unseen University since the time when Rincewind opened the Octavo. According to Ymper Trymon, should Galder Weatherwax die, Spold would become the next Chancellor. This never came to pass, however, as he suffocated in a box that he slept in in order to hide from Death. He forgot to add airholes.
As a wizard, it is likely that Spold attended Unseen University in Ankh-Morpork. A member of the Ancient and Truly Original Sages of the Unbroken Circle, he became the order's head at an unknown time.
After Ymper Trymon ascended in the ranks of wizardry, he questioned Spold (after Horace Worblehat directed him to him) about the Octavo. Spold told Trymon that one of the spells had escaped, but lied and told him that he did not know what happened to it.
After being spotted by Death, Spold created an extremely magical and complicated hiding place, using many rare and smelly oils, a paste made of powdered mayflies, the eightfold octogram of Witholding, red and green candles, protective amulets, and a box made of the wood of the curlyfern pine. Unfortunately, what all his preparations didn't take into account was that the box required air holes.
Behind the scenesEdit
- Greyhald Spold was portrayed by Peter Copley in the film adaption of The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic.
- Spold's role was expanded in The Colour of Magic (film), and his death scene was altered. Rather than hiding from Death in a box and forgetting to put air holes in it, he protected himself using a complicated locking system. The only airhole in the room was the keyhole, which Ymper Trymon blocked with a sticky substance in order to suffocate him.
- It is possible that Greyhald was the man who invented Spold's Unstirring Divisor.